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Ask Max: Using USB with a Power Mac G3

Asked on 11/02/2006:

I have a Power Mac G3. I need to save files but only have floppy drive to save to. Is there a USB hub I can buy to save files?


Adding USB ports to a Power Mac that did not originally have them is a simple upgrade. The first step is to determine what version of USB you can use. There are two types of USB, version 1.1 and version 2.0. Both versions of USB will work in OS X 10.1 and up. However, if you have Mac OS 8.6 through 9.2.2, then you will be limited to USB 1.1, which is much slower but still suitable for what you want to do. OS 8.6 users will need to download a USB card support Extension before they can use a USB PCI card (Apple Tech Article). I would strongly recommend running at least OS 9.1 for working with USB devices. Most USB cards will work, but here are some cards to look at for USB 1.1 (Keyspan USB PCI Card) and USB 2.0 (ADS USB 2.0 PCI Card).. Once you get the PCI card you will need to install it into an open internal PCI slot.Now that you have USB you have many options for saving your files. I would recommend a USB Flash memory drive.. They now have units that are 8GB in size but I bet a 2GB drive would meet your needs (2 GB Flash Drive). This drive will work in 8.6 and up on both USB 1.1 or 2.0.Hope you like it.

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